- GM have teamed up with US public charging network EVgo to install charging points with up to 350kW of power, across urban areas.
- The installations target convenient areas such as grocery stores, retail centres, and city centres.
- The four-figure milestone was reached from nearly 230 locations across 27 states.
GM and EVgo charging partnership expands
General Motors have announced that its recent collaboration with EVgo, one of the largest fast charging networks within the US, has resulted in another 1,000 fast chargers added to the country’s roads. The partnership continues to raise that figure to a target of 2,700 fast chargers by the end of 2025.
The collaboration specifically targets the expansion of infrastructure in areas where EV drivers already spend time, such as grocery stores and shopping centres, as opposed to highway stops. GM says that this also encourages EV adoption among those who are unable to charge up at home.
The partnership is another element to executing GM’s ‘Ultium Charge 360’ program, which integrates several charging networks together to simplify the charging process for electric GM drivers.
“As GM advances its vision of an all-electric future, it’s imperative we expand public charging infrastructure to complement the rapid expansion of our breakthrough EV portfolio. Together, these two efforts are making ‘EVs for everybody’ a reality. This milestone with EVgo underscores our commitment to supporting more customers as they switch to an EV lifestyle by expanding access to convenient charging everywhere.”
Hoss Hassani, Vice President of Charging and Energy, General Motors
The wider picture
The achievement is another positive step in the USA’s growing EV charging infrastructure, which will need some serious expansion if it is to meet the growing demand for electric cars. EVs made up 7.2% of US vehicles sold in the second quarter of the year (according to Cox Automotive), but that figure is expected to rise significantly over the next few years. The USA’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that 182,000 DC fast chargers will be needed by 2030 to meet demand, with that number currently around the 30,000 mark.
Just last week, we heard that GM also united with six other big OEMs to create a new North American-wide charging network, adding 30,000 more DC chargers to the area.